Kyrie Irving: Could the Blue Devils Be Asking Too Much from the Freshman?
Kyrie Irving Expected To Play Major Minutes For The Blue Devils Tonight
Kyrie Irving and his toe have been one of the hot-button issues for the Duke Blue Devils through the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
Yes, he's come back and played well. And when it comes to how well he's recovered from his injury, the true test will be tonight against Arizona when he's expected to play more minutes than he has in each of the first two tournament games.
But is it too much for a freshman who's missed most of the season?
He's shown to this point he can handle the pressure of being in tournament games, in fact he was Duke's leading scorer in its Round of 64 win despite only playing 20 minutes. But how long is it until we're reminded this is a freshman who's now playing in the biggest game of his career?
If Duke advances, each game will be bigger than the next. And the way the bracket has worked out, Duke could very well end up with one of the toughest roads to the National Championship. Compare that to Kansas, which would make the Final Four while beating a seed no higher than nine.
We haven't seen anything yet from Irving that would suggest he's going to crack under the pressure of being a star freshman who's also a potential No. 1 pick in June's NBA Draft. And when it comes to managing players, there are very few who are better than Mike Krzyzewski.
As long as he continues to perform, Coach K will continue to throw Irving out there in the right situations. But just don't be surprised to see Coach K go in another direction if Irving struggles tonight.
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